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Ecuelle 'nouvelle forme', probably 'avec anses à feuille de roseaux' of the first size
  • Covered Bowl and Plateau
  • Ecuelle 'nouvelle forme', probably 'avec anses à feuille de roseaux' of the first size
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Louis Morin (1732 - 1787), Painter
    Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799), Gilder
  • Sèvres, France
  • c. 1776 - 1781
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Covered bowl, C436, Object size: 12.6 x 18.4 cm
    Plateau, C437, Width: 27.3 cm
  • Factory mark: Interlaced Ls (slightly foliate) Painted
    Gilder's mark: 'LG' for Etienne-Henry Le Guay Painted in dull blue
    Incised mark: '6'
  • C436-7
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  • Covered bowls like this one were not used at the dinner table but specifically intended for the bedroom or boudoir to serve hot broths or soups during the lengthy ritual of the morning toilette. Its two handles would have allowed the soup to be drunk directly from the bowl and the cover kept the contents warm during the powdering and dressing, while slices of bread could be placed on the accompanying plateau.
    This set combines a round plateau and a shallow bowl with a pomegranate knop on the cover, both pieces featuring handles of overlapping reeds. They are decorated with an overglaze blue ‘beau bleu’ ground and painted with harbour scenes, probably by Jean-Louis Morin (op. 1754-1787) who specialised in this subject-matter. Some of the depicted crates bear signs and numerals including a gobelet, '4', '#', 'no 4', 'no 67' and 'no 76'. The meaning of these has not yet been identified.
    The elaborate gilding includes naturalistically tooled reeds, garlands of leaves and berries, and crossed palm branches with posies of flowers. The high quality suggests that it was done by Etienne-Henry Le Guay, (op. 1742-3, 1748-9, 1751-96) who became one of Sèvres’ most skilled gilders despite having lost his left hand in a battle during his military career.